In 2003, after graduating from McMaster University, I established a non-profit
organization called GER Solutions R&D, which specialized in the development of
treatment methods and home care environments for the elderly.
Currently, GER Solution’s Division of Research and Development is dedicated to
the investigation of the latest disease treatments, diagnostics, home-based care
techniques, assistive living environments and international research initiatives.
The Consulting and Planning Division offers free consultations and services for
elderly people who require home-based health care.
The third division, the Division of Device & Systems Resourcing, consists of
dedicated technology procurement agents, who resource diagnostic and care
giving devices for home-based caregivers.
Since its inception, the organization has managed to provide solutions for
numerous households in the greater Toronto area and has expanded its
research activities utilizing resources from the University of Toronto, McMaster
University and the University of Chicago.
Currently, we are looking to file three separate patents and we are working
towards accreditation by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.
For any related assistance, for further information or to book an appointment,
please contact our office
In the year 2030...
● the world’s elderly population (65 years+) will reach 1 billion.
● life expectancy will increase by a factor of 10 years.
● the need for geriatric care management will exceed the projected available resources.
● this will prove to be the greatest challenge health care has ever faced.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 - 2 Largo
G E R S o l u t i o n s R & D
To promote the dignity and well-being of patients in a primary care setting;
To preserve and restore the integrity of the body and soul;
To serve with humility, respect autonomy, and uphold the sacredness of human life
S t a t i s t i c s
(Source: 2006 StatsCan Census)
● According to the 2006 Census, the number of Canadians aged 65 and over increased 11.5% in the previous five
years, and the number of children under age 15 declined by 2.5% over the same period.
● The 65-and-over population made up a record 13.7% of the total population of Canada in 2006. The proportion of the
under-15 population fell to 17.7%, its lowest level ever.
● An increase in immigration since 2001 gave Canada a higher rate of population growth than in the previous
intercensal period, but it did not slow the aging of Canada's population.
● The median age, which divides the population into two groups of equal size, has risen steadily since 1966, reaching
39.5 years in 2006. It is expected that the median age will rise in the future and could exceed 44 years by the year 2031.
● Canada is still one of the youngest countries in the G8, as only the United States has a lower proportion of elderly
people (12.4% compared with 13.7%).
● Never before has Canada had so many persons aged 80 years and over: their number topped the 1 million mark for
the first time in 2006 (1.2 million).
● Nearly two out of three persons aged 80 years and over were women, as women have a higher life expectancy than
men (82.5 years compared with 77.7 years, in 2004).
● The number of centenarians in Canada increased to 4,635 in 2006, up more than 22% from 2001. According to the
latest population projections, the number of centenarians could triple to more than 14,000 by 2031.
● The number of people aged 55 to 64, many of whom are workers approaching retirement, has never been so high in
Canada, at 3.7 million in 2006.
● Baby-boomers, people born between 1946 and 1965, were between 41 and 60 years of age in 2006. Despite the fact
that they are now older, they were still a very large group in the population: nearly one out of three Canadians was a
baby-boomer in 2006.
● The proportion of people aged 65 and over increased in every province and territory in the last five years, while the
percentage of children under age 15 continued to fall.
A r t i c l e s
● Aging, health & work
● Chronic pain in Canadian Seniors
● Hip fracture outcomes in the household population
● Palliative care fact sheet
A g e P y r a m i d s
An age pyramid graph consists of two back-to-back bar graphs, with the population plotted on the X-axis and age on
the Y-axis, one showing the number of males and one showing females in a particular population. It is an effective
visual demonstration of the age and sex distribution of a population. Below is an example of what the Canadian
population looked like in 2006, with the highest percentage of the population being between the ages of 40 to 60.
As you can see from this series of graphs to the right, the
population overall in Canada has been getting older. (The x-axis
shows population; the y-axis shows age, with eldest at the top).
In 1956, the graph looks like a true pyramid: the wide base of the
graph shows a large young population and the narrow tip at the
top demonstrates a small elderly population. We can infer that the
birth rate was much higher then and indeed this period coincided
with the "Baby Boom" generation!
As you progress through the decades, the pyramid shape
becomes more of a diamond or cylindrical shape. The projections
in 2036 show how less of the population will consist of younger
people as the birth rate declines and more of the population
consists of middle aged to elderly people. Notice that the length of
the y-axis is not increasing, as life span isn't necessarily getting
longer, but the amount of people living to older ages is increasing.
Also, note that at older ages, there are far more females!
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